Archive for November, 2007

My memories of Dickathlon IV

Monday, November 26th, 2007

My memories of Dickathlon IV: The Holy War
- Getting a noise complaint for the 4th year in a row from someone in Andy’s building for running around the block
- Pollak’s tights
- Brando’s ridiculously clutch hole-in-one on a playoff hole to win mini-golf
- James Darnton: MVP of football and celebrity. what a versatile competitor.
- The Gay Center on Randall’s Island
- Linus Torvalds
- Playing basketball on a court that definitely gave us all tetanus
- The most intense game of football ever. if we never do a dickathlon again but continue to play football, celebrity, and run around the block every thanksgiving, i will still be happy
- David Golann: Dickathlon Rookie of the year
- Mike eating an entire large pizza in 4 minutes
- ManBearPig

Congratulations to my fellow believers. The Lord guided us to victory just like he did Reggie White every Sunday.

so meta

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

(12:42:55) Keshav Lall: what are you going right now?
(12:43:16) Blake Stuchin: sitting at the office typing an IM to keshav

Things I Learned from Children’s Television

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

in response to this fascinating article about the first two seasons of sesame street in the sunday magazine (which I check out while she looks at Arts & Leisure), a few thoughts on things that i’ve learned from children’s television.

1) i remember thinking it was a bit weird that no one else could see snuffleufugus except big bird. but around that same time that snuffleufugus was suddenly visible to the rest of the world, the gummi bears premiered on the disney afternoon. a group of product placed candies who save each other from harm by drinking “magic juice” that suddenly makes them all powerful and crap? i was six years old being all like “i’ll buy the blue people with marshmellows for heads” but these gummi bears are crazy.

2) cookie monster being some kind of strung out, cookies-are-my-meth-type addict never bothered me much, probably because at that age the idea of eating nothing but cookies did not seem unusual to me (it seemed desirable, in fact). is this bad? would i eat more vegetables had i watched vanessa the vegan teach me the benefit of living on a raw food diet starting at age 4? for the sake of entertainment, i hope not.

3) speaking of great children’s programming, this reminds me of the fact that the muppets actually premiered on saturday night live and were only redeveloped into children’s characters because no one wanted them on the show. michael o’donoghue was quoted in miller and shales’ “live from new york,” as saying “i don’t write for felt.” what a great line.

Reason #4,918 that I can’t live in Southern California

Monday, November 19th, 2007

How do you make smalltalk if you live in San Diego? How do you awkwardly talk to strangers when it’s always nice out? “Nice day, huh?” Maybe talk about the Padres? These are things I think that I’d like to learn.

Weather Babble

Monday, November 19th, 2007

It’s 4:25 in the afternoon, why is it pitch black in midtown? Winter sucks. It’s 39 degrees outside, it’s dark by 3pm and it’s been raining at some point every day for a week.

Blogging Basketball

Friday, November 9th, 2007

Watching the Knicks-Magic game… In the span of 30 seconds, Walt Frazier called the Knicks’ and Magic’s centers “omnipotent in the paint,” then suggested that the fans were using Thunderstix to “bewitch” Dwight Howard. I like this new Knicks team, but I still cringe every time I see a cutaway to Isiah Thomas on the bench. And in ironic news, they now play “Bittersweet Symphony” on the organ at the Garden.

History Dorks in Action

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

this are my friends.

Blake Stuchin Thu, Nov 8, 2007 at 9:21 AM
To: Arielle Goren
Have to use up the points and the only thing interesting is one of the NYT American Presidents bio series. I’m in a founding father’s kick so I’m staying with that. Should I get the book on Madison or the one on Monroe? I only have enough points for one of the two.

Arielle J. Goren Thu, Nov 8, 2007 at 9:26 AM
To: Blake Stuchin
i have heard GREAT things about that madison book, meanwhile the only
think i really know about james monroe is that he had a colossal
schnoz, so my vote is madison.

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